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Networking is something important for developing the contacts needed to help earn a future career. When it comes to the job market, experience is often preferred, but that may not be possible for every student studying to break into a field.

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It can be really difficult to gain work experience when you also need to go to classes, do homework, and study for exams. And when you graduate, a degree often isn’t enough to earn you a job on its own. Making connections is the next best way to get your foot in the door. In some cases, connections can even win out over experience for employers. When you network, you set yourself up for better outcomes when you enter the workforce. 

Why You Should Network in College

Finding a job in your field after college isn’t easy. Networking can make it easier. 

Meeting new people is a really fun way to pass time. 

Networking can make the difference between landing the job that you want, and struggling to find a position at all. About 85% of all job positions are filled through networking. It is the most important thing you can do to gain future job prospects. You can also gain a lot of valuable insight into the career you’d like to get into and what it takes to succeed in it. Talking to people can offer you lots of information to help you get the results you need. Through networking, you can learn things about your field that may not be taught in classes. Different people will offer different kinds of knowledge and advice. And in college, you get to meet people from many different walks of life who each have something different to offer. It is best to make the most out of your proximity to all of these people. 

As a college student, your future job applications may not appear too different from the many other applicants. Networking can help you to stand out. Maybe you don’t have any connections at the job you’ve applied for, but the right letters of recommendation can help to pique their interest. When entering a field, a strong recommendation letter from a professor in the field can really help boost your application. A classmate could land a job at your dream company and help you connect with them as well. You will give yourself a great boost forward by forming beneficial relationships with your peers and professors. 

Join Student Clubs

Clubs and gatherings are a great way to meet people with similar interests. 

Colleges are filled with clubs and organizations that promote different interests. Students who are interested in journalism can join the school newspaper, those interested in film can join the film club, and students interested in languages can join clubs focused on different languages. You’re likely to find a club related to whatever might interest you on campus. If you’re a part of a minority group, whether it’s due to race, nationality, or other factors, and you want to connect with people that have similar experiences, there will likely be groups for that. 

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Making connections with like-minded groups of students will make your college experience more fulfilling in many ways. You get to share the joys of participating in something you love on a regular basis with people who care about it just as much as you do. This will build strong camaraderie within the group and have people feeling really connected to each other. 

And when you’re in a specialized club, any news of your industry is sure to make it to you. Your group mates will be on the lookout for information, and your school officials will be aware of your group and eager to give you any information they can. Details about internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities will likely make it to your group before it reaches the general population. A student organization will be a supportive environment for you to learn and grow in your field around people who are just as eager for your success. 

This dry erase calendar from OCM will help you keep your appointments straight. When you need to keep track of multiple classes, student groups, and meetings, you don’t want to risk forgetting anything. This board will help you write out plans for a whole month in advance. Fill in the month’s dates and write in the appointments you need to keep. You can remind yourself of where you need to be with a simple glance whenever you’re inside your bedroom. And next month, you can erase everything and write in a new calendar. 

Talk to Your Professors

Your teachers have years of experience that comes with a host of connections.

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They’re probably having a riveting conversation. Image courtesy of College Tidbits

As you move through classes in your intended field, don’t just fade silently into the background. You should do more than simply pass your classes if you want a good chance at finding a job when you graduate. Your professors are a great resource for this. You might believe that they are eager to get done with teaching classes so they can rush home, but that often is not the case. Most professors love to speak to students who are eager to learn more about their field of study. Your professors chose to dedicate years of schooling to a subject they are passionate about. They are likely not annoyed when you approach them about it. 

Go up to your professors after class or get to class early so you can chat with them for a little while about the subject that interests you. You can schedule time with them to speak, or you can visit during their office hours. Most professors will be very pleased to get the chance to talk more about what’s probably their favorite subject. 

The professors that you speak to don’t even have to be your own! You can speak to any professor in your field of interest. They will not turn you away because you are not in their class. They will admire your dedication to your field and will probably think of you when opportunities for students come across their desk. They likely have former students who are now in powerful positions, and they might even come to them when they need assistance filling certain positions. Even if that is not the case, a professor that knows you and appreciates your drive to learn can provide you with glowing recommendations that bolster your job applications. They can also give great advice on how to best break into their field. 

Get an Internship

An internship will earn you work experience and job connections. 

An internship is one of the best ways for college students to gain valuable work connections. Most entry-level jobs want applicants with experience in the field, something that is very difficult for college students to come by. Internships allow students to gain that experience along with some valuable connections, without the commitment of a full-time job. Your bosses will be aware of how new you are to the field and will be willing to help you learn. One of the main purposes of an internship is to get you acclimated to the work so that you are not brand new when it's time to get an actual job. 

The connections you can gain from working an internship will help propel you to a decent starting point in your career. Make sure that you engage with your co-workers and the people in higher positions. They can serve as great role models for you and give you plenty of useful advice. Many people are eager to share what they’ve learned with someone new to their field. And if they see you working hard to enter their industry, they will probably root for you. When the boss is hiring in the future, they might even put in a good word for you. Any good leader will take their employee’s opinions into consideration, so that recommendation can surely push your application to the forefront!

Take Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer work can lead to future opportunities. 

The volunteers serving this food are improving many people’s days. Image courtesy of Reward Volunteers

Volunteering is a great way for college students to advance their careers. It can be done in your own free time and will likely introduce you to people who believe in similar causes. Volunteering will look great on your resume, especially when you’re a college student who has not had a chance to do very much. A volunteer organization will be very flexible with your time. They are happy for any help they can get since their help comes from others' benevolence. Show them that you are a trustworthy person they can count on, and they will be happy to have you during the times you are available. 

Make sure to volunteer with an organization you feel passionate about. Don’t volunteer for the sole purpose of furthering your career. If you are disinterested, the organizers can likely tell. They would much rather have eager participants than have bored ones who are just there to achieve their personal goals. It is best to volunteer at a place you care about, where the results of your work there bring you happiness just as much as furthering your career does. 

When you are passionate about what you’re doing, the people who run the organization will notice. They may happily give you the recommendations you need for potential work in the future. Employers are more likely to hire students who have had volunteer experience. They can even recommend you for open positions within their organization! You might discover just how much you love the company as you work with them. 

Use Social Media

Social media is a very popular way for people to connect.

Connections don’t only have to be made in person. Online connections can be just as valuable for a college student. Social media is a massively popular way to connect with people. Just about everyone and every organization has a social media presence these days. People easily connect with others all throughout the world with just a few clicks on a regular basis. Social media expands the circle of people you can connect with by a lot. 

Make sure your social media profiles are presentable to any professionals you might encounter online. You can still have fun and post your good times with friends, but don’t post anything that might seem too inappropriate. A picture of you posing with a friend at an event is fine, but a picture of you standing on a restaurant table, wearing your underwear as a hat will probably not look the best to future employers. 

This peel and stick wall mount from OCM will keep your phone secure anywhere you decide to charge it. Sometimes your charger isn’t long enough to place your phone onto a nearby surface while using it, but with this wall mount, you can stick your phone right on the wall next to any charger. This will make it so your social media networking can happen from anywhere without fear of a dead battery. It is also very sturdy and will keep your phone from dropping onto the floor. 

You should join different social media groups related to your area of interest. Pose any questions you may have to the group and engage with other members in the comments. You’ll be surprised by the types of opportunities you can find this way. Also consider making a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is filled with professionals looking for hiring prospects. 

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Networking is a really important part of landing a career, so it is best that you start to do it as soon as possible. College is the perfect place for networking because it consists of many different people of various age groups, interests, and origins. Don’t miss out on making connections that can be both emotionally and professionally beneficial for you!